Last week my partner suggested I try making apple fritters but after looking into it, most fritters are stuffed batters which are then deep fried and I am not a deep fried kinda gal. With the Tim Horton’s apple fritter in mind (Apple cinnamon bread-like donut,) I decided to make a sweet dough similar to sticky buns and bake it instead of deep frying it. I first tried this in a cupcake pan which turned out looking very nice but I found the distribution of the apple filling was not satisfactory. I wanted the filling to be everywhere inside and so I decided to go with a classic swirl. To top it off, I made a vanilla bean glaze which really compliments the apple cinnamon bun.
- 1 cup water
- 1/4 cup skim milk powder
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 2 tbsp packed brown sugar
- 1 tbsp butter (room temperature)
- 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 3/4 tsp instant yeast
- 1 cup of cane sugar
- 1/4 all-purpose flour
- 4 tbsp of cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1/8 tsp ground cloves
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
Vanilla Bean Glaze:
- 1 tbsp vanilla bean paste
- 1 1/2 cup icing sugar
- 3-4 tbsp water (consistent dependent)
Add dough ingredients in order into the baking pan. Insert the pan into the oven chamber of your machine. Select Dough Cycle.
- Core 2 Granny Smith apples and finely chop using a food processor.
- Transfer the apples to a medium bowl and add the sugar, flour, vanilla and spices then blend.
- Remove dough to a lightly floured board; cover with large bowl and let rest for 10-15 minutes.
- Spread the dough into a large rectangle and spread the apple filling evenly.
- Roll into jellyrole-style then cut into pieces and place into prepared pan, cut side up.
- Cover and let rise for 30-45 minutes.
- In a small bowl add the icing sugar, vanilla paste and water and blend until no clumps.
- When the buns have doubled in size, sprinkle with cinnamon before baking at 375°F for 20-30 minutes.
- Let cool for a few minutes then pour the glaze on top generously.